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FINN Corporation Unveils New Material Transfer System

Tue December 02, 2008 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

With the ability to carry and discharge a variety of materials including aggregate, soil mixes, mulch, sand and palletized loads, the new Material Transfer System (MTS) from FINN Corporation is the first of its kind in the company’s product line. Using an electronically controlled hydraulic system, the MTS enhances productivity and minimizes effort for the end user, according to the manufacturer.

The MTS offers several unique features, most notable are the reversible main floor conveyor and cross belt. The reversible cross belt gives the user the option to unload material from either side of the machine — curbside or road-side. The belt moves material and directly dumps it into the wheelbarrow, saving the user from the strenuous and time-consuming task of shoveling. Furthermore, the main reversible conveyor floor combined with the wide-opening rear door allows an entire load to be dumped in less than a minute. Speeds for both the main conveyor floor and cross belt are independently adjustable, allowing complete control over material flow rates.

With the ability to fill a wheelbarrow in four seconds, the MTS does the same amount of work in a fraction of the time it would take with the traditional shoveling method. If material needs to be removed from a job site, the multi purpose vacuum provides for fast and easy clean up of leaves and grass clippings — wet or dry — and other debris, according to the manufacturer.

The 15-cu.-yd. (11.5 cu m), 11,200-lb. (5,080 kg) capacity hopper is constructed of lightweight, yet durable aluminum. With an empty weight of 6,800 lbs. (3,084 kg), the MTS is light enough to be towed by most .75-ton (.68 t) trucks, yet built to handle the heaviest loads, due to the steel trailer chassis.

In comparison to other models, the MTS is built with fewer moving parts, which eases maintenance costs and concerns. Whereas similar products require separate engines to power the conveyors and the vacuum, the MTS powers both using a single 25-hp (18.6 kW) Kohler Command Pro gasoline engine. This not only reduces maintenance requirements, but total fuel consumption as well, the manufacturer said.

To further reduce the amount of moving parts, the MTS has a sloped design on the front of the unit, which uses simple geometry to accurately feed material onto the conveyor belts. This eliminates the need for moving parts such as augers or agitators used to direct material onto the belt, reducing the potential for expensive repairs and costly downtime, while increasing safety.

FINN backs the MTS with a standard one-year warranty, while the engine carries a two-year warranty. Other standard features include a Roll-Rite electric tarp system, which quickly and easily secures into place with a push of a button to protect material from rain, wind, sunlight and other elements.

For more information, call 800/543-7166 or visit

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